Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Beers, Hens and Irishmen Review...

Fiona O’Leary wants nothing more than to flee away from the small town she grew up in, her three extremely over protective brothers, and her Irish parents. But leaving Warblers Point is not that simple, especially when she is the bar maid at the local pub she owns with her three brothers. After a two year relationship with local Irishman, Murphy Ryan, sharing nothing but each other’s beds, she realizes she wants more out of a relationship besides sex. But somehow she keeps winding up in his arms wishing she could break away but finds the task impossible when her family is head over heels in love of the idea of Murphy and Fiona together. 

Booker Hall, world re-known director, finds himself living an empty and unfulfilled life. The people around him are fake, narcissistic and only care about his money. In an act of desperation he decides to enlist his sister for some help, give himself a makeover and go to a place where no one would recognize him. Never did he think he was going to fall in love with an unsuspecting bar maid with whiskey colored eyes and an over-bearing family. 

The minute Fiona lays eyes on Booker, she knows she is sunk. His devilish grin, movie star looks and charming heart are hard to avoid and she constantly finds herself gravitating toward him. The only bad thing about Booker is that he is a tourist and living in a touristy town she has learned that getting involved with a non-local only brings heartache. Instead of giving into Booker, she finds herself debating which relationship is safer; an empty relationship but fulfilling sex life with Murphy or a deep and meaningful relationship with Booker that could only bring heartache. 

Beers, Hens and Irishmen dives into the complexity of Fiona’s love life, the crazy antics of her three brothers, as well as her two overbearing and heavily Irish speaking parents. Fists fly, hearts are broken, beer is guzzled and deceit is formed amongst comrades while the O’Leary’s take over Warblers Point in the search for love and what makes them happy.



I went into this book thinking it would be more like The Mother Road.  It was similar but either way I was not let down.

Fiona is stuck in an on again/off again relationship with Murphy that is strictly physical.  She feels absolutely nothing for him however her family absolutely loves him.  She has always wanted to visit the world but since she lives above the bar she owns with her brothers and her parents run a Bed and Breakfast in town it isn't in the books for her.  She has always told herself not to get involved with the tourists but can she stay away from the mysterious new guy staying at her parents B & B?

Booker is a director and sick of people only wanting money from him.  He decides he needs a break from it all and heads to the other end of the country to get away.  The minute he meets Fiona he knows there is something different about her.  He wants to see what a relationship with her would be like but would she choose him over her boyfriend Murphy?  Will he tell her the truth about who he is?  Will they eventually end up together?

I loved these characters, they were fun and interesting to read about.  The plot was a bit convoluted because you would go from these two main characters to the O'leary brothers lives and then back.  I enjoyed the relationship between the family and the one between the two main characters.  I was left wondering what happens next and what kind of revenge is coming to the O'Leary family.  I look forward to reading the next book soon in order to find out what happens to these characters.  I was slightly let down because this book wasn't nearly as funny as The Mother Road but it didn't make it any less enjoyable for me.

4 Irish stars 

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